Obama inspires Dem commission candidate to seek higher property taxes for top 2 percent

Taking his cue fromPresident Obama‘s calls for higher taxes on the wealthy, Democratic Palm Beach County commission candidate Rick Neuhoff is floating the idea of higher property taxes for the top 2 percent of properties.

“If we take a look at President Obama’s leadership and we see that he has been calling to tax the top 2 percent, to have them pay their fair share, this similar thing can happen here in the county by looking at millage rates for specific properties – perhaps the top 2 percent of those properties,” Neuhoff said at a candidate forum last week.

While the idea might appeal to primary voters in the heavily Democratic district where Neuhoff is running, it appears to run afoul of the Florida constitution.

Neuhoff is running against term-limited Commissioner Burt Aaronson‘s chosen successor, Mary Lou Berger, and attorney Steven Meyer in the south-county District 5 Democratic primary. (PostPolitics/Bennett)

Florida Latin Connection/ P. Varona 

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